E SAFE Connaught Place Portal

Datta Makhija, Smita (2018) E SAFE Connaught Place Portal. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Connaught Place was designed as a part of the Imperial Delhi construction effort. It was a grand urban statement with a central park, three circular avenues and a double height public walkway colonnade in the innermost circle. However, as the British purse ran out of money, its construction happened as a private initiative, resulting in a scheme of dividing the circus into pies, and selling these segments to individual buyers. The spatial arrangement and construction materials of each segment varied depending on the needs and financial resources of the owner. Connaught Place has been constructed layer by layer over the past 85 years and is inhabited by a range of owners, tenants and non-status occupants. Inappropriate interventions, age and neglect in carrying out timely repairs are resulting in declaring this robust heritage ‘unsafe’. We propose a strategy involving various custodian groups. First, we envisage a Heritage Dispensary in each block which will serve to create solutions to retrofit the structure and services. Second, we propose the E SAFE CP PORTAL with an occupant user interface. This will serve as a virtual repository for recording the status of the historic fabric. The progressive documentation done on this portal will be used to generate typologies for intervention management of the heritage at multiple levels. The E SAFE CP PORTAL will serve to bring together the occupant and user community to manage the change of the historic resource and ensure structural stability of the built fabric. It will also ensure life safety of the users by delineating emergency evacuation processes and routes. Together, the city authorities and the occupants will function as a group who will shoulder the responsibility for the sustainability of this heritage resource.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Datta Makhija, SmitaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: community; memory; participation; management; virtual repository; intervation; India; colonial heritage; conservation; neglection
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 04. Architectural ensembles
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 14:10
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 14:10
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2032

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